I love owls – growing up in Hawaii we used to have a giant Pueo that sat outside on the telephone wire right outside our house. They are majestic, wise and I grew up understanding that Pueo, the Hawaiian Owl, is an amakua (animal spirit) that protects people. They are often seen traveling over the saddle road, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Story tells of a man named Kapoi, who went gathering supplies to fix his roof one day. On his way home he came across seven owl eggs, which he took home to eat. While preparing a fire to cook the eggs, Kapoi was confronted by the owl, who beseeched him to return the eggs. Although he first refused, Kapoi eventually returned the eggs to the Owl, who in turn masses together a great army of owls that saved Kapoi from certain death when he unknowingly broke kapu (sacred law). The owls were then acknowledged by the alii (chief) to be a very strong amakua, which is still believed to protect families today.
This gorgeous great grey came to say hello while I was visiting Wyoming. Maybe she knew I was a Pueo lover, maybe she knew I was a Hawaiian girl. All I know is that I was humbled by her size, strength, boldness and beauty. She was regal and proud and fearless and looked straight at me. We had that moment of connection one sometimes is blessed with between a wild animal and human. Its as if nature collides to say, we’re more alike than different….